Future London Leaders Round 13

The thirteenth round of Future London Leaders runs from April – September 2016. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Jacquie Agyemang-Johnson (2)

Jacquie Agyemang-Johnson
Development Manager, Sanctuary Housing

“I am a highly skilled housing professional, combining project management, strategic and commercial skills. I have expertise across all aspects of regeneration and commercial development, having been responsible for schemes from inception to completion and for the disposal & acquisition of land. I’ve worked independently and through consortium, partnership and joint venture arrangements, and have core competencies in contract negotiation and stakeholder engagement . I feel I am a natural relationship- and team-builder.”

Afraa Ali

Afraa Ali
Regeneration Officer, LB Enfield

“I have spent the last five years leading and implementing physical, social and environmental regeneration projects for the third sector in Asia, Central America and Europe. My current role involves delivery of key regeneration projects for the council in Ponders End and Meridian Water.”


max anderson 2 (2)Max Anderson
Project Manager – Housing Estate Regeneration, LB Hackney

“I have worked in the property, housing & construction industry for over 20 years, and have been involved in the development of NHS hospitals, local authority civic estate and commercial buildings. More recently I have focused on housing regeneration, project managing two estate regeneration schemes, alongside the refurbishment of street properties for social housing.”

Adam BarnettAdam Barnett
Principal Planner, LB Islington

“I joined Islington in 2013, and work on council development and public realm improvement projects across the borough. I am currently leading on a design competition to deliver a new leisure centre and housing in the south of the borough. Prior to joining Islington, I worked on investment policy for the National Housing Federation including right to buy and the affordable homes programme.”

Hermione Brightwell (2)Hermione Brightwell
Area Renewal Project Manager, LB Sutton

“My interest in the built environment began whilst working in a London bike shop, and has grown through project work in sustainable transport and an urban design MA, to my current role with LB Sutton. My particular interests are sustainable development and creating a greener built environment. I am excited to be participating in FoL’s programme, with an opportunity to meet with others working in this area, to learn more about London’s sustainable development and improve my skills to contribute to this.”

Sarah Coutts (2)Sarah Coutts
Area Manager, Greater London Authority

“I have worked in housing and regeneration for over 10 years and have been in my role at the GLA for just over a year. Prior to this I worked at the Homes and Communities Agency, for a registered provider and a private developer. My current role is very diverse and involves working with a range of registered providers, developers and boroughs, as well as acting as Design Lead for the North East Team. In the past year specifically, I have been working closely with LB Haringey on the Tottenham Housing Zone and in LB Newham on a housing-led regeneration scheme.”

Daniel Davies Profile Shot FLL (2)Daniel Davies
Senior Planner (Strategic Applications Team), LB Southwark

“My role is to provide professional planning advice on major development projects. Most recently this has involved master planning of the Aylesbury Estate, projects in and around Elephant & Castle and corporate proposals to deliver 1,500 new homes by 2018. I have a varied background, having worked in planning policy and environmental management prior to working in development management.”

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Acting Team Leader – Development Management (East), LB Haringey

“I am an Acting Team Leader with a delegated responsibility for the development management function (including planning enforcement) in the east of the borough. I have extensive experience in the private and public sector in England, Wales and overseas. I was part of a team focusing on service improvement to create a more efficient and robust Development Management Service. I have attended a number of formal leadership courses in the past. I hope to get a refresh on my skills, knowledge and leadership approach within the context of declining resources and rapidly changing legislative framework.”

KellyHarrisNHH (2)Kelly Harris
Senior Planning Manager, Notting Hill Housing Group

“I have worked in the development and delivery of affordable housing for the last eight years. My current role as Planning Manager at Notting Hill Housing is primarily focused on delivering planning permissions on a variety of development sites. My role encompasses project management, urban design, construction, cost control, policy review, partnership working, stakeholder engagement, and a lot of negotiation! Whilst the delivery of homes and the creation of good places is a fundamental part of the work that I do, my job definitely has a commercial focus, which often necessitates a creative and innovative approach to my work.”

Bethan James (2)Bethan James
Senior Development Officer, Greater London Authority

“I joined the GLA in 2014, working in the Regeneration team to develop and implement strategic economic development programmes for the northeastern boroughs of London. I recently moved to the Housing & Land Strategic Projects and Property team, where I now focus solely on the regeneration and development of the Royal Docks, LB Newham. Prior to that, I worked for LB Waltham Forest, delivering their High Street Regeneration programme, having completed a Masters in Spatial Planning and Urban Design and an architectural training.”

David Jowsey (2)David Jowsey
Principal Policy Advisor, Transport for London

“working in the Strategy and Policy team, I have helped form future transport policy for London through mywork on the 2050 Infrastructure Plan, the Roads Task Force and a number of Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. I am currently developing transport policy for the forthcoming Mayor’s Transport Strategy and revised London Plan, with a focus on TfL’s role in supporting housing delivery. Prior to TfL, I worked for two years at LB Brent developing transport strategy and at Systra Consulting (formerly MVA Consultancy).”

Carolyn Roache (2)Carolyn Roche
Skills and Enterprise Project Manager, LB Barnet

“I lead on initiatives which support residents in Barnet to upskill and gain employment, whilst also strengthening local communities. Projects being delivered include the Platforms Programme, engaging with key stakeholders and local businesses to offer a range of initiatives such as employability skill development, work experience placements and internships. Prior to this I worked in Newham, delivering training as part of the Children’s Service workforce development programme.”

Will Steadman
Senior Planning Development Manager, London Legacy Development Corporation

“I have spent the last 10 years working for Urban and Mayoral Development Corporations in East London. My experience has focused on the formulation of planning policy and development strategies, and implementing those through influencing and guiding major development projects through the planning process. This role has combined political awareness, planning and design expertise, stakeholder management and community engagement.”

Jame Tolley (2)James Tolley
Construction Manager, Sanctuary Housing

“I’ve held a variety of positions in the construction industry over 15 years, including technical and managerial roles. For the last three years, I have been working on the provision of affordable homes in London. My current role is with Sanctuary Group’s Development arm. As a member of one of the country’s leading housing providers, I was part of a team that delivered 5,000 new homes nationally. I look forward to the opportunity of learning from other professionals who share a similar focus on ensuring that London’s future growth is both sustainable and inclusive.”

Josephine Vos (2)Josephine Vos
Principal Policy Adviser, Transport for London

“I work in the Strategy and Policy team, developing policies for both the London Plan and Mayor’s Transport Strategy; I also work closely with the GLA on developing Supplementary Planning Guidance. Key aspects of my work include promoting increased integration between transport and land use planning and ensuring that finite space in London is used more efficiently. Prior to this role, I worked in TfL Planning Projects, helping to make the case for the Northern line extension to Battersea to unlock housing and major commercial development.”


Future London Leaders Round 12

The twelfth round of Future London Leaders runs from January – June March 2016. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Sigrid Blackman (2)Sigrid Blackman
Senior Public Health Commissioning Manager (Substance Misuse), LB Hounslow

“In Hounslow, public health falls within ‘regeneration and environment’ – recognising the intertwined nature of the environment and health. I’m responsible for commissioning substance misuse addiction and homeless health services, ensuring residents receive support to recover and participate in society, reducing long-term costs and contributing to a better living environment. My experience in the UK and Australia spans analysis, strategy, service review and project management – all with the aim of improving health.  I’m delighted to be selected for FLL, which I hope will broaden my leadership skills and understanding of the sector, allowing me to positively influence the health of Londoners.”

Rachel Cockerill (2)Rachel Cockerill
Regeneration Manager, LB Newham

“I have worked in public sector development for 9 years and have substantial experience in delivering large-scale mixed use regeneration schemes. In my current role at LB Newham, I work with public and private sector partners on a number of developments, centred around the provision of new homes, job creation, improved connectivity and place-making. Through my participation in FLL, I look forward to meeting other professionals from across  the regeneration sector and to developing my leadership and strategic thinking skills.”

Francesca CollocaFrancesca Colloca
ACCENTS Project Manager, Poplar HARCA

“I initiate, design and deliver area regeneration projects that focus on developing the arts, culture, community, enterprise, technology and sustainability in the East End. My projects use creative partnerships to drive local change and empower communities, leading to a re-invigoration of place and economy. Recently I designed and delivered a GLA-backed High Street Fund project focusing on the regeneration of Chrisp Street Market. As a Project Manager I embrace imaginative thinking and curiosity, and have a passion for exploring ways for people to live together and encouraging civic participation.”

Sally Corbin (2)Sally Corbin
Technical Manager, Thames Valley Housing

“I have spent the last 14 years working for private property developers, mainly regeneration projects in urban areas, undertaking technical reviews and assisting with planning applications and detailed design development. I now work for Thames Valley Housing, as Technical Manager and am responsible for the design packages on most of our land led schemes. I am hoping that FLL will broaden my understanding of the relationships between housing and other public sector bodies.”

Nasser Farooq (2)Nasser Farooq
Team Leader – East Area, Development Management, LB Tower Hamlets

“Approaching 10 years at LB Tower Hamlets, I have dealt with a fascinating range of applications including some of the largest planning applications in London, amounting to some 5000 new dwellings in just three years!  I am now responsible for managing a team of planners within the East Area.  This involves providing support and assistance in forming a recommendation and ensuring assessments of applications are sound.”

Elizabeth Gardner (2)

Elizabeth Gardner
Work Redbridge Manager, LB Redbridge

“I joined Redbridge in 2009 and now manage the Work Redbridge employment and skills service, which supports residents into work and training and helps them benefit from opportunities being created from wider development and economic and business growth across the borough. I have experience in stakeholder engagement, developing partnerships and creating innovative projects that respond to the needs of residents. I am looking forward to enhancing my skills further on FLL – learning from my peers, broadening my knowledge and understanding of the sector and developing my leadership skills.”

Kate Gibbs (2)Kate Gibbs
Business Growth and Partnerships Manager, LB Camden

“I have worked in economic development for over 10 years, beginning in programme and project management before broadening my experience to include strategy and policy development.  As Business Growth and Partnerships Manager at Camden, I am responsible for enabling the delivery of the council’s ambition to create the conditions for growth by ensuring we have the infrastructure that our businesses need.   I work with a range of partners, including elected members and internal teams, businesses and key stakeholders like the GLA and the LEP.  I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills through FLL as well as learning about best practice from around London.”

Veenesha Kumar photo (2)Veenesha Kumar
Project Officer – Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone, LB Waltham Forest

“As part of the strategic regeneration team at Waltham Forest, my focus is delivering the Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone. This is a GLA-funded programme which seeks to accelerate housing, provide enhanced infrastructure new jobs. My role involves project management and coordination, liaising with  stakeholders and establishing partnerships with cross-departmental colleagues. I’m excited to be involved in the creation of new neighbourhood in London. Through FLL, I look forward to developing my leadership skills, learning from my peers and gaining a holistic view of regeneration in practice.”

J.Marshall photoJoe Marshall
Business Development Manager, Catalyst Housing

“My role requires me to lead teams from across the business in order to deliver projects that contribute to the growth and development of the business. Prior to joining Catalyst, I enjoyed a variety of roles within a specialist-supported housing association, ranging from operational housing management to implementing new supported housing schemes. I am looking forward to meeting and learning from other professionals across the sector on the Future London Leaders programme.”

Julien Mas (2)Julien Mas
Portfolio Sponsor – Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration, Transport for London

“I have over 10 years’ experience in project management and sponsorship at TfL, mostly major highway improvements projects linked to growth and regeneration, for example Brent Cross Cricklewood. I am now starting a Technical Sponsor role with Crossrail 2. I lead on the design of a whole section (stations, tunnels and shafts), developing project requirements and supporting the preparation of the business case in order to secure funding for the next phases of design and delivery. I am delighted to be part of FLL and aim to increase my exposure to senior management particularly at political level.”


Stuart Pearson PHOTO (2)Stuart Pearson
Assistant Director, Circle Housing

“I have worked in social housing for 15 years, delivering in a variety of roles at different levels. This has predominantly been in Income Management although over the last five years this has also included Voids and Allocations, Decants, Disrepair and Housing Options. My current role involves leading a team of over 30 staff across three teams to deliver resident focused services, high performance and continuous improvement and I have a strong track record of leading high performing teams and service reviews. I want to develop existing and new skills and learn from others on the programme.”

Liz Skelland (2)Liz Skelland
Tottenham Programme Manager, LB Haringey

“I joined Haringey in 2014 as programme manager for the Tottenham Regeneration Programme. Prior to that, I was a senior programme manager at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where I undertook a secondment to the GLA in 2012 to the City Operations Programme for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to learning from others through Future London Leaders and further developing my skills. ”

Scott Smith - Photo (2)Scott Smith
Project Officer, Property – Kent County Council

“I have worked in the public sector for eight years, four of which have been in my current team, Property. I am now working on a project relating to dealing with times of austerity within the public sector and changing the way Property is delivered for customers and key stakeholders. I have also been part of Community Safety working in partnership with a number of blue-light services, neighbourhood watch services and parish councils around the county of Kent. I am keen to develop my leadership skills and learn from other professionals.”


To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.